FEBs talk back to Washington: Boston

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Kim Ainsworth
Boston FEB Executive Director

What’s the best part of working in your FEB area?

Boston is part of the New England region. Travel to just about any part of the United States up through the Midwest is fairly easy. The best part if our proximity to Washington, D.C. We can travel in and out of D.C. in one day!


What is the biggest drawback of working in your FEB area?

Our snowy and often frigid New England winters are infamous!

What’s the one piece of advice you would give a fed moving to your area?

Make sure to obtain a realistic idea of housing and rental prices and overall cost of living here. The average single-family home in a suburb of Boston can run $400,000-plus.

In a word, describe feds in your area.


How are feds perceived in your area and how does that affect morale?

I think that the general public is simply not aware of size and scope of the federal workforce in New England and thus the social and economic impact. We work very hard to promote it in the community and among different constituencies, including private partners, state and local governments, etc.

What’s the average commute for feds in your FEB area, or your personal commute?

Massachusetts has great public transportation systems to include subway, buses and commuter rail. Most commutes, including my own, average on hour each way.

Is the distance from D.C. a blessing or a curse?


What’s your area’s can’t miss attraction?

Boston is a historical city with much rich heritage. If you have limited time, make sure to walk the Freedom trail to see the sights of our Founding Fathers, including the Navy’s Oldest Commissioned Warship, USS CONSTITUTION.

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